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PREMIER LEAGUE: Johnson treble as Fulham hammer QPR

Fulham got the better of QPR in today's first London derby with a 6-0 victory in the West at Craven Cottage.

Andy Johnson continued his good recent form by scoring a hat-trick for the Cottagers, following on from his double at Odense in the Europa League on Thursday.

The 30-year old produced the quickest goal of the season, beating Daniel Sturridge's opener for Chelsea at Bolton earlier in the day, when he tucked home inside two minutes. Moussa Dembele's attempt from outside the area was only partially blocked by R's keeper Paddy Kenny with Johnson on hand to knock home from close range.

He was then the creator of the second as Kenny and defender Fitz Hall had a mix-up on the left side of the penalty area with the R's keeper bringing down Johnson in the ensuing chaos. Cottagers skipper Danny Murphy was the man for Fulham, sending Kenny the wrong way from the spot to score his 50th Premier League goal.

Johnson's hot form continued just before half-time when Bobby Zamora picked up a deflection from Clint Dempsey's blocked shot and fired it low across the box for the man of the moment to finish for his second prior to him completing his hat-trick on the hour-mark when he slid home Murphy's quick free-kick for his first treble in seven years.

Fulham weren't done there either as Dempsey made it 5-0 in the 65th minute when he finished off Zamora's flick from Johnson's cross and then Zamora got in on the act with 15 minutes remaining when he fired home Dempsey's slide pass.

It was a brilliant result for Fulham, who had scored just four goals in six matches prior to today, pushing them up to 11th on the league table as QPR stumbled massively in their first West London derby back in the top flight.

TRIBAL ASKS: Is Andy Johnson capable of again featuring in the England team or has his time passed?

Fulham: 6 (Andy Johnson 2'/38'/59', Danny Murphy (p) 19', Clint Dempsey 65', Bobby Zamora 74') QPR: 0 Craven Cottage, Southwest London

Yellow cards:FUL - Steve Sidwell 5', Brede Hangeland 59' QPR - Fitz Hall 61', Alejandro Faurlin 68', Shaun Wright-Phillips 82'

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